Fish flashes silver as it breathes

Last updated 23:21 17/02/2009
SPOTTED: Southern Encounter Aquarium & Kiwi House has a new arrival - the silver spot fish - on display.

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It's not your average blinking fish.

Southern Encounter Aquarium & Kiwi House in Christchurch's Cathedral Square has added the unusual silver spot fish to its displays.

A close relative of the hiwihiwi or kelpfish found around the North Island, this species has a silver spot on its gill cover that "flashes" as it breathes.

"It really is fascinating to see," operations manager Dave Bradshaw said.

Normally living along the South Australian coast, only three of the fish had been found in New Zealand waters including the aquarium's new arrival, which was caught in a crevice outside the Marlborough Sounds.

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